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Romance of the Limberlost

Published 1938

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A story set in the Limberlost region of Indiana in the year 1905. Jean Parker and Eric Linden are the stars.

Run time 76 minutes 2 seconds
Production Company Monogram Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviewer: Kentworth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2014
Subject: Well worth the watch
I enjoyed this movie very much. The story is captivating, the acting excellent, the sets are adequate, and the plot quite gripping. The characters are believable, making it easy for the viewer to come to his/her own conclusions as the story progresses.
Beware the spoilers in some of the comments, but in my opinion this is an excellent film, well worth watching. The copy I watched (MPEG4) was choppy in spots, seemingly always during a critical discussion, which detracted from the viewing to some extent, but not enough for me to keep from finishing it. Not by a long shot.
Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2013
Subject: Info From Wikipedia, IMDB, Rovi Metadata
This is an excellent story set in the northeast Indiana swamps in 1905 concerning a poverty stricken foster child being sold off into forced marriage by her guardian to a mean drunkard more than twice her age in exchange for a mortgage. Edward Pawley plays an extremely convincing old letch and Marjorie Main is at her dramatic best as the most hateful woman in Loblolly Swamp. Ms. Main's banshee voice is chilling. Jean Parker, as Laurie Mears, plays a very good, naïve country girl too young for marriage. Betty Blythe plays a gracious Mrs. Parker. This film and the books from which it is derived address the social evil of forced child marriages of the time.

The 512kb/MPEG4 download was chopped in a few places, otherwise has very clear sound and print.

From the novels of Gene Stratton Porter, August 17, 1863 – December 6, 1924. (Also author of Keeper of the Bees and Laddie. Both are here on IA.)

Born the daughter of a Methodist minister, Gene was the youngest of 12 children. She got her start when she sent bird and animal photographs to "Recreation" magazine. The magazine was so impressed, they asked her to write for them. She also wrote for "Outing" magazine. At this point, she turned to writing fiction.

She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some best-selling novels and well-received columns in national magazines, such as McCalls. Her works were translated into several languages, including Braille, and Stratton-Porter was estimated to have had 50 million readers around the world. She used her position and income as a well-known author to support conservation of Limberlost Swamp and other wetlands in the state of Indiana. Her novel A Girl of the Limberlost was adapted four times as a film, most recently in 1990 in a made-for-TV version.

The Limberlost Swamp (aka Loblolly Swamp) was the setting of Gene Stratton Porter's popular novels Freckles (1904) and A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) as well as her numerous books on the swamp's natural life. The author and her husband built a large, rustic home nearby, which they called "Limberlost" and where they lived until 1913. Indiana now operates and maintains it as the Gene Stratton Porter Limberlost State Historic Site.

Screenplay by Marion Orth. American screenwriter Marion Orth's first-known screen credit was 1917's Price of a Good Time. Orth was gainfully employed at Fox in the late '20s, contributing to the screenplays of such prestige productions as Street Angel (1927), Hangman's House (1928), Four Devils (1928), and City Girl (1929). Subsequent assignments in the talkie era included a number of second features for Republic, RKO, and Universal. Active until 1944, Marion Orth kept busy on such quickie Universal musicals as Six Lessons From Madame Lazonga (1944).

Jean Parker as Laurie
Eric Linden as Wayne
Marjorie Main as Nora
Edward Pawley as Corson
Betty Blythe as Mrs. Parker
Sarah Padden as Sarah
George Cleveland as Nathan
Hollis Jewell as Chris
Guy Usher as Judge
Jean O'Neill as Ruth
Budd Buster as Fair Barker
William Gould as Lawyer
Harry Harvey as Jones
Jack Kennedy as Abner

According to the History of Jay County by M.W. Montgomery, published in 1864, the name Limberlost came from the following circumstance: A man named James Miller, while hunting along its banks, became lost. After various fruitless efforts to find his way home, in which he would always come around to the place of starting, he determined to go in a straight course, and so, every few rods he would blaze a tree. While doing this, he was found by friends. Being an agile man, he was known as 'limber Jim,' and, after this, the stream was called 'Limberlost.'

The Indiana State Museum contends, "The swamp received its name from the fate of 'Limber Jim' Corbus, who went hunting in the swamp and never returned. When the locals asked where Jim Corbus was, the familiar cry was “Limber’s lost!”
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2011
Subject: Pretty darn good
Some of the dialog and acting was weak, but most was fine. It was a bit Pollyanna at first, but once it gets going it's a great old drama. Aunt Nora was a rotten to the core old hag, but still had a bit of human compassion left in her when her niece was being shredded on the stand which wasn't really surprising, but oh what an evil wench she seemed.. That was the real crux of the touching part here that aunt Nora found she really did love her niece instead of just being the greedy old hag you just love to hate.
I liked this movie so 4 stars from me.. I don't often shed a tear, but this old man did and had to blow my nose too.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2010
Subject: Stick with it because... AWWW!
I tried twice on two different days to view this movie via the streaming on-screen browser version (i think that's what you call it?) and it kept getting hung up at 6:58 or so, but then today it magically worked.

But... it was all choppy and splicy (from the preservation of the original film strip) with a faint buzzing static hum in the background, but it finally calmed down, although I do recommend headphones if you have them.

And then... it was kind of dull, but about 20 minutes in the story picks up and the drama starts flowing. Also, I was as equally charmed by some characters as I was vilely repulsed by others.

I am was so glad I stuck with because it had the happy, sappy ending I was looking for. I enjoyed it and am torn between giving it 3 and 4 stars. It was enjoyable, but it wasn't anything stellar, but I don't want to discourage anyone by giving it a low rating.... Arrrg....
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